Sharky's Machine (1981)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  18 December 1981 (USA)
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Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Scorelli
Lt. Friscoe
Donald Hotchkins
Billy Score
Joe Tipps
Hari Rhodes ...
Highball Mary
James O'Connell ...


Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky stumbles across a mob murder with government ties, and responds by assembling his downtrodden fellow investigators (Sharky's "machine") to find the leaders and bring them to justice before they kill off all his partners and witnesses, including Sharky himself. Written by Unknown

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Burt is Sharky. Nobody leans on Sharky's Machine! See more »


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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brigada Anti-Crime  »

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John Boorman was originally attached to direct. See more »


When the killer shoots the shotgun through the door, the hole is jagged and oddly shaped, as it would be. Later, when the detectives are at the crime scene, the hole is perfectly round with smooth edges. See more »


Arch: Sharky, I hit his ass. He's got four bullets in him, and the fucker won't go down!
Sharky: Maybe he knows more about Zen than we do!
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Referenced in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Mistress (2014) See more »


Before You
Performed by Sarah Vaughan and Joe Williams
Written by Cliff Crofford (as C. Crofford), John Durrill (as J. Durrill) & Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
Miss Vaughan courtesy Pablo Records
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Ah, you'll die all right!
11 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights) playing a cop, and he didn't do too bad as a director here either.

He had a great supporting cast of cops and criminals: Vittorio Gassman makes a great crime boss; Henry Silva (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) makes a great psychopath; Brian Keith ("Family Affair"), Charles Durning (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Bernie Casey, and Richard Libertini (A Grandpa for Christmas) all make great partners; and, there is, of course, Rachel Ward ("The Thorn Birds"), who got a Golden Globe nomination out of her performance.

Lots of action, superb performances, and a great story.

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